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As 2013 comes to a close, GITA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of GITA News Hub a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 7.


Privacy and personal geographic data
Directions Magazine
From May 28: At the Creating the Policy and Legal Framework for a Location-enabled Society conference in Boston, Kirk Goldsberry, who is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard, gave a fascinatng presentation with the help of two of his students on the topic of personal geographic data and privacy.
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10 terms GIS people should know in 2013
Directions Magazine
From June 25: Are there terms you come across in your day to day work whose definitions still seem fuzzy? Do you "sort of" know what they mean, but if pressed you couldn't confidently provide a definition? Our editors share some terms that still make them uncomfortable and offer definitions.
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Top 10 awesome features coming in the new Google Maps
GIS User
From May 21: By Glenn Letham: I'm sure more than a few of you have been catching the 2013 Google I/O livestream, unless you happen to be there in person (lucky you). It's always a treat to hear about Google and what's coming next. For myself I was interested to hear all about the future of Google Maps and Google Maps for mobile. Google has reinforced that Maps are all about exploring and discovering, especially on mobile. The experience will only get better, for the developer and end user.
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California Supreme Court says GIS data are public data
Directions Magazine
From July 9: Orange County's attempt to get more money from people trying to access its database of information about land parcels is contrary to the law, the California Supreme Court says. ... "We hold that although GIS mapping software falls within the ambit of ... statutory exclusion, a GIS-formatted database like the OC Landbase does not."
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OGC identifies geospatial megatrend and some ripe issues
Directions Magazine
Countless companies and organizations have "scaled" in the world of the Internet and Web by building on the basic open standards of the Internet and Web. Open standards enable large networks of interoperating systems that create opportunities for "scaling.”

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Difficult task: Placing an economic value on GPS
Inside GNSS
The nation's leading GPS experts are struggling to quantify how the world's premier navigation and timing system affects the U.S. economy, an effort critical to building a political firewall around GPS spectrum in the face of ballooning demand for broadband capacity.

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NGA maps the future of geospatial intelligence
Defense Systems
In 2012, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency released its 2013-2017 Strategy documenting the agency's near-term vision for where it is going in the early 21st century. The five-year plan was driven by newly appointed NGA Chief Operating Officer Ellen McCarthy.

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Do our brains pay a price for GPS?
The Boston Globe
From Aug. 20: When I moved to Boston in 2011, I took public transportation to work. A couple years later, a friend lent me his car while he was out of town, and for the first time in my life I became a guy who drove to the office. Parking in the employee lot came naturally enough; so did listening to "Morning Edition" and balancing my coffee in the cup-holder. Actually navigating the streets of Cambridge and Boston, however — that part was less intuitive.
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Google launches Maps Engine API
Tech Crunch
From June 11: Google's Maps Engine, its enterprise-focused service for developers who need to be able to create their own maps based on custom data, launched about two years ago and has been available commercially since last year. Today, Google is adding more functionality to the platform by launching an API for Maps Engine that allows developers to take their custom data, import it into Maps Engine and then use it in their own applications.
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The new cartographers
Science
From March 26: Twenty years ago, a driver lost at night would pull his car over, take out a paper map bought at a gas station, and pore over its folds under a dim light. With luck and some critical thinking, he would eventually get where he was going. Today, he'd be more likely to swipe his finger across a smart phone screen and follow directions using Google Maps.
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Finally, some good news for LightSquared and its 4G hopes
CNET News
From May 7: Things might finally be looking up for LightSquared, the much ballyhooed wireless startup with big plans to blanket the U.S. with 4G LTE service. The company, which seemed doomed a year ago after the GPS industry successfully lobbied against its efforts to use 40MHz of unused satellite spectrum for terrestrial wireless broadband, may be getting a second chance after all.
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New functionality and features in ArcGIS 10.2
GIS User
From Aug. 6: ArcGIS 10.2 is now shipping ... have you had a chance to use it yet? Just yesterday Esri officially announced the update and key functionality including enhanced UI, real time data access and more. Tripp Corbin has penned a few thoughts about this latest release in his latest blog post and looks at some of the new functionality you'll find in 10.2.
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Future trends in geospatial information management: the five- to 10-year vision
Directions Magazine
From July 30: There's a new document from the UN titled "Future trends in geospatial information management: the five to ten year vision." The document was published by Ordnance Survey at the request of the Secretariat for the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management. The lead authors are John Carpenter and Jevon Snell, Ordnance Survey.
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